DANSVILLE — In honor of National Volunteers Week our local hospital held a celebration luncheon at the Union Hose.
On April 18 UR Medicine/ Noyes Health had a Noyes Volunteers Recognition Celebration to honor all of those who give back.
Noyes Volunteer Coordinator Christa Barrows, Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard, and Noyes Health Board Member Marilyn Moore gave a presentation on the life of a volunteer at the hospital.
“I am so happy I was asked to come today to help celebrate what you do for Noyes,” Moore said. “When you volunteer you make a personal commitment to share your most valuable resource … your time. Your generosity has a profound and lasting effect on Noyes, and your willingness to share both your time and talent by volunteering.”
Moore added, “This says a lot about each of you as human beings. Your willingness to selflessly help others speaks a lot to your strength and quality of your character.”
Moore mentioned how most volunteers do this without the expectation of being recognized.
“Today we want to let you know just how much your dedication is appreciated,” she said. “We want to make sure that you know that everyone at Noyes is forever grateful. Whether you are a long time volunteer, or have just started it is important for all of you to know that what you do makes a difference.”
Pollard thanked everyone for the volunteer work they do at Noyes Hospital.
“Noyes currently has about 545 employees, and when you think about the fact that almost 100 of you are volunteers. That means one out of six who come through the door at Noyes are volunteering their time,” she said. “That is a huge gift to Noyes, our staff, and to our community. On behalf of the board, and all of the staff at Noyes we thank you very much for what you do to make a difference every single day.”
Three special volunteers were highlighted at the award celebration. They are Barry Davis, Gail Cox, and Judy Marshall-Stekl.
Barrows introduced Davis as they honored him with a Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled “Angels Among Us.”
“Barry has a long history with Noyes Hospital. He retired in 2015 after working in our Material Management Dept. for almost 12 years,” Barrows said. “As our lead Chaplain volunteer, Barry is not new to this role. He volunteered at Noyes as a Chaplain many years ago. Barry is an encouragement to both patients, their family members, and staff. He said that ‘he likes the opportunity to serve and help if he can.’ He enjoys praying for patients and staff alike.”
“When I asked Barry to share a memorable experience during his time at Noyes, he shared with me the story of a grieving husband who gave him permission to minister to his dying wife,” Barrows continued. “Barry gently slipped a wooden cross under her lifeless hand moments before she passed onto eternity. He received three phone calls that day thanking him for what he had done to minister to their loved one.”
Davis is a member of Springwater Church of the Nazarene, and lives there with his wife, Colleen and they have six grown children.
Pollard introduced Marshall-Stekl as they honored her with a Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled “Random Acts of Kindness.”
“Judy started volunteering at Noyes in march 2010. This will be her eighth year with us,” she said. “She started out as a Welcome Team volunteer for six years. After that she came down to the business office, where you will find her two or three days a week.”
“Judy worked for 25 years as the Administrative Assistant at Farm Credit. After retiring, she worked part-time at the Livonia Library while helping to care for her grandchildren,” Pollard continued. “Judy is from Rochester and moved to Livingston County when she married a farmer from Lima in 1959. They have three children, and raised their family in Livonia.”
Marshall-Stekl enjoys knitting and making lap blankets for those in need when she is not at Noyes.
Moore introduced Cox as they honored her with a Chicken Soup for the Soul book entitled “Random Acts of Kindness.”
“Gail has been with the Spicebox gift shop for seven years. You will find her here every Wednesday and Friday morning opening the gift shop,” she said. “Gail is one of 14 assistant managers, and is responsible for payroll deductions, and keeping the gift shop supplied with coffee. She is also known for creating beautiful product displays in the gift shop.”
Cox has been in Dansville since 1980, married to Dan for 35 years, and has a son Brian, who lives in Colorado. Their daughter, Karen, is married to a Naval Officer Pilot, and they make their home all over the world.
“Gail taught instrumental music lessons to children for 34 years, and retired as a music teacher in the Dansville Elementary School in 2010,” Moore said. “When asked why she volunteered at the Spicebox Gift Shop, she said she had always wanted to try her hand in the retail business.”
There were six volunteers honored with pins for over 500 hours of volunteer service. They are the following; Katherine Davis, Tom Fellion, Johanne Gillard, Nancy Helfrich, Mary Kay Morsch, and Kate Ott.
There were 20 volunteers honored for 250 hours or more with bars. They are the following; Ann Dunlop, Liz Guy, Carol Rittenhouse, Sharon Dixon, Dan Gardner, Geraldine Long, Dawn Love, Ellen Mapes, Martha Robinson, Betsy Sullivan, Mary Daly, Barbara Mettler, Cassie Dennison, Helen Lent, Kay Johnson, Linda Ludwig, Judith Marshall Stekl, Gail Cox, Linda Bowes, and Graham Frazer.